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The Second Advocate

Imagine the climatic events that surround todays Gospel. Jesus has just washed his disciples feet, he declared to them that the food they eat is his body, the drink they are drinking is his blood. Jesus tells them that someone will betray him, and that Peter will deny him. Then to add to this he tells them that he is going away- that he will no longer be physically with them. Imagine the emotion that is running through the room during each of these striking moments of that final meal. It must have been an evening of confusion and frightfulness. But yet how significant that one evening would become and the affect it would have on the entire world.

    For the first three Sundays of Easter we heard in the Gospels the events of the resurrection and Jesus' appearances to his disciples thereafter. From then on we get different accounts of Jesus and the future of his mission once he leaves earth. Today, is such a reading. We are given the account of Jesus preparing his disciples be…

For Those Preparing for Holy Week

This blog post is for everyone and anyone  who is in charge of preparing in anyway for the great masses next week. -----      A job of mine for the past couple of years has been to organize servers for holy week and train them for the services. Furthermore​ more, over the past couple of years I have set up the church for said masses and train more people. It is such a blessing and honour be entrusted with such roles and duties for my parish for the most sacred masses- I love it. As you may imagine there is a lot of work that goes into planning, organizing and carrying out these special masses, anyone who has in any way prepared or organised anything for holy week can attest to that fact.

     I often find that whenever I get deeply involved in the planning ( which is required for the careful planning and studying of the masses) I often become so fixated on every detail and worrying about them.  I become so fixated on the preparation and plans so as to make these liturgies as beautifu…

That Time I Saw Pope Francis...

Since I was born in the late 90's I didn't really know of Pope John Paul 2 growing up. Technically I was alive for his Papacy, however, when he died I would have been 6 or 7 and at that point I didn't really know who the Pope was. However, as I  grew up I  knew of then Pope Benedict the 16th but never really paid close attention to his papacy.  Of course, now I know of Pope Francis and he is the first pope that I have fully followed the papacy of.

    When he first got elected in 2013, four years ago today, I remember being in a computer class at my small Catholic High school, not doing my work, but constantly refreshing the news feeds to see if a cardinal had been elected pope. Surely enough as I sat through that class  on March 13th 2013, Pope Francis was elected. I remember, in the excitement of the news, I  had shouted out, " Habemus Papam" in the middle of  class, interrupting the teacher. Everyone looked at me in confusion, to which I said, " WE H…

The Temptation of Selfishness

Earlier this week I was sitting down and flipping through the pages of my Bible. As I sat there, praying the passages I came across, I flipped to todays Gospel; the temptation of Jesus. As I sat there are read the perplexing gospel passage, I came to realize that this passage presents a major difference between the path of God and that of Satan; Satan calls us to an alluring self importance lifestyle, while God calls us to a selfless life.  This Gospel, that had, at one point, scared me as a young child, and confused me growing up, began to make sense and all the more applicable.

    I began to think of how often in my own life I chose to act for myself instead of acting for others. I began to recall the times in which Jesus, although tired, never failed to act, to teach, to heal those who he encountered.  How often he gave himself, in a selfless way, when he could have been selfish. I began to think how he gave us his flesh in the substance of bread and wine, and how he died on…

Becoming More Christ Like

Ever since we were small kids we have been told that lent is the time to prepare ourselves for the great, climatic, and salvific event of the easter, and it is.  To do this, we are given the three foundational actions lived and preached by Jesus- fasting, praying and giving alms. It is In imitation of these actions in our own lives we connect ourselves more and more to Jesus. We begin to transform our own lives and become more and more centered on God and others. This really is the goal of lent, that we conform our lives more closely to that of Jesus’. 
We began lent on Ash Wednesday being marked with ashes on our head. These ashes, are the reminder of our mortality as humans- that we are simply mortal beings passing on a journey through earth with the goal of paradise with God. The ashes, marked on our heads with the words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return” are reminders that we are temporary, that our bodies are temporary and not meant for this world. Venerable F…